Biology A Level

Biology A Level

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Brockenhurst College - Main Site

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Course introduction

A Level Biology gives you the opportunity to investigate biological phenomena from the smallest molecule to the largest ecosystem, resulting in a greatly enhanced understanding of this branch of science.

You will learn in newly-refurbished laboratories through a range of methods, including: lectures and experiments, group work and presentations, debates and problem-solving, and talks led by visiting biologists.

You will also explore established teachings along with 21st Century challenges, which include things like preventing the spread of new diseases, further improving public health and conserving our environment.

In addition, you can engage with our Vets and Medics Enrichment programme, which is particularly advantageous if you wish to pursue a career in medicine.

This is a rigorous academic subject with many different applications. Importantly, it sits well alongside other science-related courses.

Why choose
Biology A Level?

At Brock we have industry-experienced Biology teachers with expertise in fields that include: microbiology, aquatic ecology, equine science, natural sciences and conservation and zoology.

Some of these staff members also have examination board experience, which gives them invaluable insights into what it takes to achieve top grades.

You will also have the opportunity to engage with our Medical Matters Enrichment programme, which is particularly advantageous if you want to pursue a career in medicine.

Teaching & learning

You will learn through a range of methods, including: lectures and experiments, group work and presentations, and debates and problem solving.

You will also work on group projects, which will help you build your analytical, reporting, interpreting, teamwork and communication skills.

In addition, we regularly host guest speakers from a range of different fields. In the past these have included GPs, marine scientists, paediatricians, and a professor of genomics.

Minimum entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above with a minimum average GCSE score of 4.0, including:
•    Maths grade 5
•    English Language grade 5
•    Combined Science 6/6 or, if separate sciences, Biology grade 6 and a grade 6 in another science

Course structure

  • Discover more about chemical elements and molecules: the components of our diet and of our bodies that are essential for health.
  • Gain new knowledge about cells and transport using microscopes and experimental techniques.
  • Investigate different types of enzymes and understand their importance to living beings and medical and industrial processes.
  • Develop your knowledge about gas exchange, digestion and the importance of surface area to volume ratio in living things.
  • Learn more about evolution and biodiversity including why life is so diverse, and how and why living organisms change over time.
  • Investigate photosynthesis, microbiology, homeostasis, nervous transmission and genetics.

What can I do with this qualification?

Students who take A Level Biology can go on to study subjects including:  Veterinary Science, Medicine, Optometry, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and Sports Science.

They can also study Microbiology, Forensic Science, Biophysics, Genetics, Neuroscience, Botany, Zoology, Ecology, and, of course, Biology.

If you wish to study Biology at university we recommend you also take another science A Level or a maths A Level.

Dates & Locations





LocationBrockenhurst College - Main Site

Date & time 09/09/2024 to 31/07/2025

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